Modesto considers $75,000 more for consultant

The City Council will consider Tuesday a proposal to pay former Deputy Director of Cultural Services Bob Quintella as much as $75,000 over two years for consulting services. Modesto already has paid Quintella about $160,000 since he retired several years ago to help the city oversee Modesto Centre Plaza and with other tasks.

Deputy City Manager Brent Sinclair has said Quintella’s services have been invaluable and are needed because of staff reductions. He added it is cheaper to use Quintella as a consultant than hire an employee.

Modesto has paid Quintella $161,188 as a part-time employee and consultant since 2010. The council is being asked to amend a July 2015 consulting contract to pay Quintella as much as $75,000 over two additional years.

Councilwoman Jenny Kenoyer raised questions when the contract amendment was discussed June 27 at the council’s Effective Government Committee. Officials then recommended paying Quintella as much as $100,000 over the two years. Kenoyer’s questions involved the cost and Quintella’s effectiveness.

She said since that meeting she has met with Community and Economic Development Director Cindy Birdsill and Business Manager Laurie Smith, who addressed her concerns. “He does bring some expertise we don’t have,” Kenoyer said. “And I’m pleased to see they brought down the cost.”

The council also will consider a proposal to raise rates for garbage collection. The proposal calls for the monthly bill for residential customers to increase by as much as 5.74 percent, from $28.90 to $30.56, and the monthly bill for commercial customers to increase by as much as 8.56 percent. For instance, a commercial customer with a 1-cubic-yard bin picked up once a week would see the bill increase from $36.21 to $39.31.

The proposed residential rate increases are for households with two 96-gallon containers, one for trash and the second for yard and green waste.

The council also will consider a proposal to increase the tipping fees at its composting facility from $20.35 to $26 per ton for green waste-organic material and from $6.50 to $15 per ton for green waste-forestry material.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the basement chambers of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.

Kevin Valine: 209-578-2316